Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s

Rosary Society
Tea and Luncheon

Rosary Society Tea and Luncheon Sunday, January 22nd, 12:00pm

The Rosary Society will host their annual Tea and Luncheon on Sunday, January 22 at 12:00pm in the Parish Center. Members are asked to drop off their check for $10.00 at the rectory no later than Wednesday, January 18th if you wish to attend. Bring your rosaries and your favorite tea cup. We look forward to having you join us!

Compassionate Encounters
with Immigrant Detainees

Compassionate Encounters
With Immigrant Detainees
Monday, January 30, 7:30 pm
Parish Center

How do you meet the corporal work of mercy that asks us to visit the imprisoned?

Come learn about the work of First Friends, a group that supports the undocumented immigrant detainees (who are not criminals) being held in Hudson and Bergen County Jails and the Elizabeth Detention Center. Sister Regina Holtz, former Director, and Rosa Santana, Director of Volunteers, will join us to explain the work of the group and in particular to describe 2 new and doable ways for others to help:

(1) become a pen pal – correspond in a structured, private and safe way with a detainee to help improve the morale of people who often are or feel forgotten by the outside world.

(2) become part of a phone team in your own home at hours convenient to you – relay detainee information to First Friends when direct visitors are requested.

It’s easy; it’s a time limited act of mercy. Your own identity is protected. Both opportunities need English and Spanish speakers. For further information or to register contact: or

Walk-In Supper
Volunteers Needed

On the first Thursday of every other month, volunteers from our parish cook and serve dinner for approximately 100 poor and/or homeless people from Bergen County at the shelter in Hackensack.

Our next date is Thursday, February 2, 2017. Help is needed for a variety of tasks. Information about the various jobs can be found on the Walk-In Supper information page. In addition to adult volunteers, confirmation candidates and their parents are encouraged to participate. Some parishioners participate in this program as a family ministry.

If you can help, please sign up to volunteer using the contact form on the Walk-In Supper page of this website, or call Linda McShane at 201-967-7349.

Evening of Peace
and Friendship

We will not be meeting in January for an Evening of Peace & Friendship to accommodate the Family Promise hosting week.

Next Gathering:
Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center

Come join us for a relaxed evening all about exploring God’s Word in community. We’ll read the upcoming Sunday Scripture, spend some time discussing, and finish the evening with conversation and friendship over Wine/Beer/Cheese/dessert… It’s a terrific opportunity for parish acquaintances to become friends, a place for ministries to network, an occasion for the peace of God to come into our lives. 

It’s open to all St. Peter’s parishioners & friends. You can come as often you wish… There’s no-commitment and nothing to join. Please RSVP and let us know you are coming so we can prepare:


Jan. X (Family Promise/Faith on Tap)
Feb. 14

Mar. X (Parish Mission)
Apr. 11
May 9

June 13
July 11
Aug. 8

Sept. 12

Oct. 10

Nov. 14 & 28 (Advent Gatherings start)

Dec. 5, 12 & 19

St. Peter’s Singles
Support Group Trips

Check the St. Peter’s Single Support Group website for details on:

Montreal/Quebec/Lake George


Check their website: for all details.

Call Kathy Marshall at 973-246-6148 or contact her at for reservations.

The St. Peter’s Seniors
Daytime Meeting

St. Peter’s Seniors Meeting – Daytime Meeting Coming Up!

The St. Peter’s Seniors will be meeting on Sunday, January 29th after the 11:00AM mass in the Youth Room adjacent to the Parish Center. This will give the Seniors that have inquired about the group, but would rather meet during the day, the chance to check out ‘St. Peter’s Seniors’!

All Seniors are welcome – Stop into Community Sunday, get some coffee, tea and crumb cake and come and see what the group is all about.

Some of the things that were talked about at the Information Session were: Day Trips, Traveling, Learning to Play Card Games, Spirituality Growth, Health Education and much more.

We hope to see you Sunday Morning, January 29th  after the 11:00AM Mass in the Youth Room.

For more information email Donna at, Lori at or leave a message at the rectory, (201)261-3366 extension 209. 




Just in Time for Valentine’s Day
CRS/Fair Trade Chocolate Sale

CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee,
Tea and Chocolate will be held
the weekend of February 4 / 5
after all Masses in the Slipe Center.

Catholic’s Divorce
Healing Program

Catholic’s Divorce Healing Program
Begins February 13

St. Peter’s is pleased to announce the return of an exciting program for men and women who have suffered from divorce. The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide is a 12-week program featuring 30-minute DVD sessions each week that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single — and much more. Whether you were divorced ten days ago or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone. Contact Colleen Haerle or Kathy LaMere at

Thursday Evening
Prayer Opportunity

Prayer Opportunity Every Thursday Evening

Looking for a different way to pray? Join us every Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Chapel to pray Evening Prayer and break open the Sunday Gospel. All are welcome!! 

Materials are provided: One-time registration using the form below, or call the rectory (201) 261-3366 and leave a message for Deacon Ed Bowen to let him know you’re coming.

Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.




Quick Links

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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St. Peter's Youth Group

Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Outside St. Peter’s

LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.


Benedictine Sisters Retreats Schedule

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Lord Teach Us to Pray,” November 26, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Jesus responded to this request by teaching the Our Father. What can this beautiful prayer reveal to us about our own prayer? how have Christians prayed through the centuries? $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, November 25-27. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Gospel Images of Mary” an Advent Retreat, December 17, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Artists have portrayer Mary in many ways. Let us go to the Gospel source to look more closely at Mary who kept all things in her heart and was blessed because she believed. $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, December 16-18. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

A New Year’s Eve retreat for women is offered at St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ, 4 PM Saturday eve until 1 PM Sunday.

Join others to begin the New Year with prayer and reflection. $60. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Is God seeking you to journey with Him in religious life? Come listen to His call by participating in a Vocation Discernment Retreat for women with the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ, January 13-15, 2017.  For information contact Sr. Mariette Therese at 908-352-4278 Ext 274 or e-mail 

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “A Weekend with Thomas Merton,” January 27-29.  Enjoy a Weekend pondering the writings and insights of the famous Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.  $135   For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


SCRIP Easy Fundraising

Just a reminder:  we are still selling Scrip gift cards in the gathering space after many masses with all proceeds going to St Peter Academy. A list of card and denominations is available at the Scrip table in the gathering space. Any cards we do not have we will be happy to order for you. 

For any questions you can reach out Scrip coordinator at

3rd Annual Tricky Tray

SAVE THE DATE!! St. Peter Academy is hosting its 3rd Annual Tricky Tray Dinner on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne from 6:30-10:30 PM. Tickets are $60 and include a 4-course dinner, entertainment, and a sheet of raffle tickets for chances to win fabulous prizes including: 2 Jet Blue Domestic Round Trip Air Tickets, Quikcheck Balloon Festival tickets, signed sports and entertainment memorabilia, brand-name handbags, Wine Tasting for 12 and much, much more! For Tickets please contact Maria Coyle at 201-697-5971 or


Senior Residence


January 22, 2017 Open House